Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?
In reply to Stilograph, Sep 18, 2013

I bought a used Nikon 50mm f/1.2 with a 40xx serial number last year, it was soft and had low contrast wide open, stopped down to f/2 and it was fine but no better than my 50mm f/1.4G, the out of focus rendering was also horrible, so I sold it.

Last month I bought a new copy of the 50mm f/1.2 serial 41xx and its very sharp with open with much better contrast and out of focus rendering and completely usable, razor sharp by f/2 over most of the frame and the best lens I have ever used by f/4.

I used it on both my D600 and D800E and focus by using the confirmation build in to the cameras, focus confirmation is almost 100% when using the lens on the D800E but a little hit & miss on the D600 however the lens just seems to shine on the D600.

It's a great lens and maybe I just got lucky with my copy but I shoot it wide open quite often and the results are excellent.

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